Susan Bradley

Contributing Writer

Susan Bradley has been patching since before the Code Red/Nimda days and remembers exactly where she was when SQL slammer hit (trying to buy something on eBay and wondering why the Internet was so slow). She writes the Patch Watch column for Windows Secrets, is a moderator on the PatchManagement.org listserve and SBS2k, and was one of the authors of Windows Server 2008 Security Resource Kit. . In real life she’s the IT wrangler at her firm, Tamiyasu, Smith, Horn and Braun, where she manages a fleet of Windows servers, an Exchange Server, desktops, a few Macs, several iPads, a few Surface devices, several iPhones and tries to keep patches up to date on all of them. In addition, she provides forensic computer investigations for the litigation consulting arm of the firm. She blogs at www.sbsdiva.com and is on twitter at @sbsdiva. She lurks on Twitter and Facebook, so if you are on Facebook with her, she really did read what you posted. She has a SANS/GSEC certification in security and prefers Heavy Duty Reynolds wrap for her tinfoil hat.

8 steps to make sure Microsoft Windows 10 1903 is ready for deployment

How to disable basic authentication in Microsoft Office 365

How to disable basic authentication in Microsoft Office 365

If you've implemented multi-factor authentication, you should disable the default basic authentication to make sure attackers can't exploit it.

How to set up password policies in Azure AD Password Protection

How to set up password policies in Azure AD Password Protection

When was the last time you reviewed your password policy? It's probably time to update, and Microsoft Azure has a good tool to set up and manage that policy.

Best new Windows 10 security features: Windows Sandbox, more update options
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Best new Windows 10 security features: Windows Sandbox, more update options

Here's what you need to know about each security update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for the 1903 feature release.

How to update your Spectre, Meltdown mitigations for the Retpoline mitigation

How to update your Spectre, Meltdown mitigations for the Retpoline mitigation

Intel recently released a new mitigation for Spectre and Meltdown and some of their variants. Called Retpoline, it might not be enabled with the Windows 10 1809 update. Here's how to find out and implement.

How to isolate a Windows 7 machine from your network

How to isolate a Windows 7 machine from your network

If you have a business reason to keep a Windows 7 system active past its 2020 end-of-life date, here's how to keep it from being a security liability on your network.

5 tips for better backups with Azure Backup Agent

5 tips for better backups with Azure Backup Agent

Both on-premises and cloud networks need backup solutions that allow you to recover from ransomware attacks quickly. One option is to use the Azure Backup Agent.

How to outwit attackers using two Windows registry settings

How to outwit attackers using two Windows registry settings

These Microsoft Windows registry settings will prevent attackers from scheduling tasks that will hide their activities or gain unauthorized access.

How to enable the Windows Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) feature

How to enable the Windows Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) feature

Turning on the PUA setting helps avoid users falling prey to malicious drive-by downloads.

How to prep legacy Windows systems for the switch to SHA-2

How to prep legacy Windows systems for the switch to SHA-2

Install these patches on Windows 7 and other legacy platforms now so you can continue to receive security updates.

How to protect yourself from PC hardware and hardware driver vulnerabilities

How to protect yourself from PC hardware and hardware driver vulnerabilities

Attackers have hijacked PC motherboard update software and hardware drivers to install malware. Here's how to identify vulnerable systems and prevent driver-delivered malware.

How and when to set Windows logging to UTC time

How and when to set Windows logging to UTC time

As networks become more distributed and cloud-based, you should consider changing servers to UTC time to ensure proper syncing. This will help with forensics investigations.

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